Jan 10, 2012

A Costco Mystery Revealed.

I'm starting today's post with a reader request.


There was some curiosity about the $45 Costco shoe cube and here is mine in all its glory.  For reference, this photo was taken in a hallway and the cabinet next to it reaches up about halfway along the wall.  I'm not sure which pieces of information in that sentence were of use. I know I could have just gone and measured the unit for you but there you have it.



I didn't want to put you off dinner with any nauseating close ups of my birkis so I've picked the spend ballet flats section of the unit to demonstrate how one half of each pair of shoes can go under the 'trap door' in each unit.


There is also a wall unit version that also costs $45.  Of course I own one.  There are 6 open cubes and 4 smaller shelved sections at the top which are closed off with individual doors.  Again, all self assembly and very easy as well.


The maximum weight for each cube is state as 5kg.  It is surprisingly solid when assembled and doesn't threaten to topple over when you start filling the shelves.  The irony is that after the big tidy up over the weekend, I am struggling to fill the space Mr SSG and I so ruthlessly created.  Only a matter of time, I suppose.  That's the thing about decluttering your house.  You get so self righteous and preachy afterwards...  I'm hoping it will pass.


But not before I have a whinge about my collection of khaki/taupe/stone/greige  chinos.  Two pairs are from GAP and are 4 years old.  The last pair is new, from Banana Republic in Dubai.  I love them all to bits.  The GAP senior citizens are soft, wash and wear and very flattering on due to their age.  The beauty of this colour spectrum is that it doesn't age as badly as black or navy.  Do you reckon I can keep them as well as my new BRs?  I've ditched so much other stuff.  Thank you, I knew you'd see it my way.


I'm going to get this post back on track and have more of a chat about Costco.  Specifically the mystery that is Tom Yum Soup with Prawn Wontons.  Wontons and Tom Yum in the same dish?  Sounds pan-Asian to me.  I was also curious as to how you could efficiently transport bowls of frozen soup from Thailand all around the world without the weight being a loss making factor.  Two good reasons to put a box in the trolley.


A third reason was the name of the brand.  Chicken of the Sea!!  It's so .... Jessica Simpson.


I felt slightly better about buying these frozen meals when the ingredient list was purely whole foods with not a preservative or food additive number in sight.


The mystery is revealed!  The bowls just contain the prawn wontons and soup concentrate.  You add the water yourself before microwaving for 3 minutes.


The result?  Actually pretty good.  You can see the lime and lemongrass in the soup and the wontons contain whole prawns.  There was real flavour and depth to the soup, actually.  I can see these being very popular in our house on yoga nights.


Too much Costco is never enough in my posts, lately.  If you had a burning desire to know my take on their make up brush set, my guest post as a beauty blogger at Fashion Sessions reveals all....




16 comments:

  1. SSG - Very impressive organisational skills.  I will definitely look into Costco, as I desperately need some wardrobe feng shui.   By the way your Christmas trip looked just amazing.  All the best for 2012!  Fifi

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  2. OMG i love that! Such a fantastic organisation tool. Also I loveee the dumpling noodle soups and so do the boys. My mum is on my case about giving them all these food with salt. :)

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  3. Thanks for posting a pic of the shoe cube. It so nifty and much better than the stack of shoe boxes I have that topple every time I need to wear a pair of boots at the bottom of the stack.

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  4. I really need to go and check out the wonder that is Costco one day. Is it kid-friendly?

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  5. Do have a look, V but you may find that the storage unit is too much of a temptation for a child to pull down.  The shoe storage unit is not as high and would be safer around kids perhaps.  But have a look.

    SSG xxx

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  6. Bubby's Mummy
    Tell me about it.  I just have to get rid of my 20(!!) or so shoe boxes.

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  7. Phew.  An expert also loves their wonton soups!  Will have to try the other variety.

    SSG xxx

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  8. Hello Fifi!!!
    Lovely to hear from you.  Happy 2012!  The house has been totally realigned for feng shui!
    SSG xxx

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  9. I meant to ask if Costco the store is kid-friendly :-)

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  10. It is.  Wide aisles and large trolleys.  Most kids I saw seemed reasonably content.  They may grab at things but hey - at least there isn't chocolate etc at the check out.

    SSG xxx

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  11. The Tom Yum soup made me laugh, my mother is addicted to them ( or should I just say addicted to Costco all together). I kind of look forward to seeing what new stuff she brings home after each trip ha ha.

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  12. SSG- I just love that despite the fact we're on opposite sides of the world we both have a CostCo addiction! Happy new year and happy shopping.

    p.s. I'm wearing my Kirkland 'angora' slipper socks right now. Warm, pink, and comfy!

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  13. Oh where do I start? I LOVE your blog Sydney Shop Girl.  I love Costco too and bought those make-up brushes recently.  Thanks for the review on them!  I gave them a go and thought they measured up very well against my other brushes too.   But my most exciting bargain last time was the Elizabeth Arden Millenium Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Cream pack.  Holy cow! it was only $38 (maybe $39).  I had bought the Night Cream alone from Strawberrynet for $84.  Hmmm, should have bought a spare pack

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  14. Yay!!  Another Costco fan amongst us.

    Glad you loved the brushes too.  That Elizabeth Arden pack is a steal.  Especially if its your brand.

    SSG xxx

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  15. Hello Catherine!
    Those slipper socks sound perfect for winter.
    SSG xxx

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  16. Oh those wonton soups....  I need one now.

    SSG xxx

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